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Mary Marjorie FORD (later SLADDEN) (1889-1992)

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Mary Marjorie Ford (1899-1992), known as Peg, was a friend of Juliet Sladden at Bedford College, London.  It was through Juliet that Peg got to know Juliet’s brother, George, whom she later married.

Peg Ford was born on 17th May 1899 in Hampstead, London, the eldest of three children of the Reverend Ernest Robert Ford, a clergyman in the Church of England, and his wife, Mary Susannah (née Cocksedge).

At the time of the 1901 census, Peg lived with her family at Church Training College for Lay Workers, Commercial Road, Stepney (her father was Warden of the College at that time).  In 1911, they lived at Shoreditch Vicarage, Hoxton Square.  By about 1920, they lived at Brondesbury Rectory, 173 Willesden Lane, when Reverend Ford was Rector of Christ Church, Brondesbury.

Peg was a student at Bedford College, London, from 1917-1921, where she met Juliet Sladden.  Peg graduated with a BA Honours in 1921. 

Peg married George Mourilyan Sladden at Brondesbury on 4th April 1923.  They had one son and three daughters:  Elizabeth Mary (1925-1972), Gillian Esther (1926-2019), Margaret Susan (1929) and George Christopher Ford (1934-1985).  The first two children were born in London but the last two were born in Durham, where the family had moved to in the late 1920s.  They lived at Eastwood, Victoria Terrace, Durham.

George died at Durham on 14th August 1948.  At some stage after his death, Peg came to live at Seward House.  She remained there until the death of Juliet, the last of the main Sladden family, in 1984.  The house was sold and Peg went to live in Devon.  Peg died at Coombeswood House, Coombsend Road, East Kingsteignton, Devon, on 2nd March 1992, aged 92.  A service was held at Badsey on 18th August 1992 when her ashes were placed in the family plot.